The operative emotion for the Baylor Violence Scandal is anger, not sadness. Sadness fits if the situation is tragic, but this situation is not tragic.
To be a tragedy, the situation you look at must be inevitable. Seeds sewn in the first act grow to fruition in the last act. The climax is tragic; inevitably, kingdoms crumble, hopes are dashed, ships crash on stony shores.
Nothing in the Baylor Violence Scandal was inevitable. The situation is catastrophic, not tragic. Since humans committed the heinous acts and since others abetted them, the operative emotion is not the sadness with which some try to nuance the day. Good old-fashioned Old Testament wrath is the appropriate emotion in this kind of human folly.
There were numerous occasions along the way where persons of power could have made it all stop. There is the place, or those are the persons, where the anger should reside. The idea that a young woman or an old president should be coerced to keep things quiet for the sake of the football team is ludicrous. The people involved should lose their spot for stupidity, if for nothing else.
Granted, the sports teams at large universities bring in millions of dollars. This scandal of violence will cost more than the football team makes for the school. Perhaps universities should be forced for a decade to do nothing other than educate their students; not pay adults to coach them in sports, nor ask alums for money for new luxury suites. Let good old State U or little old B U just educate their students. See how much poorer we are at the end of that decade.
But don’t call this a tragedy. Do not shake your head sadly, or wince a worldly wise wince.
This mess is a catastrophe, a man-made catastrophe. Be angry, not sad.